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“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” – Q&A #16

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.

Question: How does Christian Science “enable us to know” that “God is omnipotent, supreme”?

Answer: Christian Science dismisses error, or mortal mind’s false beliefs. It demands understanding, instead of mere belief about God, as well as proof of God’s power, rather than
just talk, or theory. That is what makes it “Science.”

“Christian Science is not a remedy of faith alone, but combines faith with understanding, through which we may touch the hem of His garment; and know that omnipotence has all power. ‘I am the
Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me.’” (Mis. 97:15)

“Follow the directions of God as simplified in Christian Science, and though it be through deserts He will direct you into the paths of peace.” (My. 361:1)

Putting Christian Science into daily practice, and sticking with it, is not always easy, but Christian Science is man’s best hope for bringing to light God’s power and supremacy on earth, as it is in heaven.

“When we learn the way in Christian Science and recognize man’s spiritual being, we shall behold and understand God’s creation, — all the glories of earth and heaven and man.”  (S&H 264:28)

“Loyal Christian Scientists, be of good cheer: the night is far spent, the day dawns; God’s universal kingdom will appear, Love will reign in every heart, and His will be done on earth as in heaven.”
(Mis. 213:27)

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” – Q&A #15

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.

Question: Why is “human will” wrong?

Answer: Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Experience teaches us that we do not always receive the
blessings we ask for in prayer.” (S&H 10:22-23)
One of the lessons we need to learn is that we must give up the desires that do not agree with God’s laws or His plan for us. We may not easily
know what these are. This is where daily prayer and communion come in. We need to develop the humility to listen to God. Otherwise, human will can take over, and that will lead to trouble!

“Mortals obey their own wills, and so disobey the divine order.” (Mis. 208:15)

“Will, as a quality of so-called mortal mind, is a wrong-doer; hence it should not be confounded with the term as applied to Mind or to one of God’s qualities.” (S&H 597:24)

“Human will-power is not Science. Human will belongs to the so-called material senses, and its use is to be condemned.” (S&H 144:14-16)

“In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adament of error, — self-will, self-justification, and self-love, — which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death.” (S&H 242:15)

Do you see that there is a difference between God’s will and human will? That is why we pray to know what God’s will is, and to trust that it is always the right way to go.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” – Q&A #14

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.

Question: How can God be “omnipotent,” when evil also seems real and powerful?

Answer: Evil seems real only to the physical senses. But to spiritual sense, God alone is real
and powerful. When we affirm in the Lord’s Prayer that God’s “will be done,” that is one way of
commanding that the will of evil not be done.

However, it is good to make that denial of evil very specific in our daily prayer, or when we are faced with error of any sort during our day. Mary Baker Eddy tells us that when we pray, “we must deny sin and plead God’s allness.” (S&H 15:18) The entire Lord’s Prayer does just this!

Here are some citations to study that we can use when denying the reality of evil:

“Every mortal must learn that there is neither power nor reality in evil. . . . The only power of evil is to destroy itself. It can never destroy one iota of good.” (S&H 186:15-20)

“Evil is nothing, no thing, mind, nor power. As manifested by mankind it stands for a lie, nothing claiming to be something.” (S&H 330:27-29)

“That evil or matter has neither intelligence nor power, is the doctrine of absolute Christian Science, and this is the great truth which strips all disguise from error.” (S&H 454:11)

“Every mortal at some period, here or hereafter, must grapple with and overcome the mortal belief in a power opposed to God.” (S&H 569:3)

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” – Q&A #13

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.

Question: Should man fear God’s will?

Answer: If we fear God in any way, we should first learn that fear is not a normal part of man. Nothing God does should cause man to fear:

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
(II Tim. 1:7)

However, it seems as if many people believe that God is responsible for some of the bad things that happen on earth. If someone dies, for instance, or a town is destroyed by an earthquake or hurricane, some may say it was “God’s will,” and that we should accept the event as right and real. But the Bible says, “God is love.” Would divine Love really want to make bad things happen? Would you want to see bad things happen to your family? Of course not. Then, why should
we believe that God would?

“God never ordained a material law to annul the spiritual law. If there were such a material law, it would oppose the supremacy of Spirit, God, and impugn the wisdom of the creator.” (S&H 273:21)

“To fear sin is to misunderstand the power of Love and the divine Science of being in man’s relation to God, — to doubt His government and distrust His omnipotent care.” (S&H 231:21-25)

We must not blame God for natural disasters, or any unfortunate happenings. They are nothing more than counterfeit forces in the act of self-destruction (see S&H 293). God’s motive is always Love. We never need to fear God or His will.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” – Q&A #12

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.

Question: Can God govern the nations of the earth?

Answer: This is where our prayers can be especially helpful. Prayer can open our eyes to see that God is truly in control of the whole universe, even if at first it appears otherwise. Our prayers can reach all across the earth.

“The ‘still, small voice’ of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe’s remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, ‘as when a lion roareth.’ It is heard
in the desert and in dark places of fear.” (S&H 559:8-12)

As we pray for God’s will to be done, and more of mankind acts in obedience to God’s will, the evil forces and laws that claim to be as powerful as God will fade away, and reveal God as ever-present, all-powerful, and supreme.

“Unconstitutional and unjust coercive legislation and laws, infringing individual rights, must be ‘of few days, and full of trouble.’ The vox populi, through the providence of God, promotes and impels all true reform; and, at the best time, will redress wrongs and rectify injustice. Tyranny can thrive but
feebly
under our Government. God reigns, and will ‘turn and overturn’ until right is found supreme.” (Mis. 80:16)

The words in that citation may be hard to read, but they are telling us that the people, with God’s help, will see to it that the evil in human governments will not last forever. God will be proven supreme!

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” – Q&A #11

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.

Question: Does man have the right and the freedom to govern himself?

Answer: Man is certainly free and able to resist the false government of mortal mind. But what about God’s government? Here is what Mary Baker Eddy says:

“Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence. God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love.”
(S&H 106:6)

What keeps us from being aware of God’s government? It is when we believe that mortal mind can do a better job!

“Instead of relying on the Principle of all that really exists, — to govern His own creation, — self-conceit, ignorance, and pride would regulate God’s action. Experience shows that humility is the
first step in Christian Science, wherein all is controlled, not by man or laws material, but by wisdom, Truth, and Love.” (Mis. 354:20)

Notice that humility is our first step. We have to be willing to let go of pride, and let God govern. This brings His power and protection into our lives. Do not let mortal mind talk you out of God’s way!

“When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible.” (S&H 180:25-27)

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” – Q&A #10

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.

Question: Did Jesus teach that God’s will is done on earth?

Answer: The mission of Jesus was to prove that God’s kingdom was already here, and that God was all-powerful Love, in spite of what the physical senses told mankind. He did this not only
through his words, but through his healing works.

“Jesus illustrated the divine Principle and the power of immortal Mind by healing sickness and sin and destroying the foundations of death.” (S&H 171:14)

“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
(I John 3:8)

Jesus taught that the power he expressed was not personal, but was God’s will:

“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30)

Because the healings of Jesus came from an impersonal divine Principle which is ever-present, they were not limited to him. We can all heal! Mary Baker Eddy writes:

“The highest earthly representative of God, speaking of human ability to reflect divine power, prophetically said to his disciples, speaking not for their day only but for all time: ‘He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;’ and ‘These signs shall follow them that believe.’”
(S&H 52:23)

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” – Q&A #9

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.

Question: How do we prove that God’s will is done?

Answer: We start by knowing that God is divine Principle. How do we already know this for
a fact? Because there are those who have gone before us, who have proven this. Jesus, for
instance, showed us God’s law by healing the sick, casting out sin, and raising the dead.

We can also prove God’s will through demonstrations. These are practical displays of how
something works, or is used. In Christian Science, our demonstrations, like those of Jesus, are healings that can be seen or felt, showing that God’s power is here and now for all to use. We must demonstrate Principle:

“The Principle of divine metaphysics is God; the practice of divine metaphysics is the utilization of the power of Truth over error; its rules demonstrate its Science.” (S&H 111:11-14)

“When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path. Imperfect mortals grasp the ultimate of spiritual perfection slowly; but to begin aright and to continue the strife of
demonstrating the great problem of being, is doing much.” (S&H 254:10)

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom. 12:2)

We can do this! God will guide us through our daily prayers.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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